There are several elements to the rite of solemn monastic profession. The rite itself takes place at mass. It begins following the homily and ends just before the offertory. The abbot presides. I’m including photos of Brother Stephen’s recent ceremony to illustrate the various elements.
Homily and Instruction
Abbot Mark delivers the homily and instruction
Litany of the Saints
Bro. Stephen lies prostrate as the cantor sings the Litany of the Saints
Bro. Stephen reads out the solemn vows formula in the presence of Abbot Mark and the monastic community
“Uphold me Lord according to your promise and I shall live. Let my hope in you not be in vain.”
Brother Stephen sings the words of the Suscipe three times. This is followed by the Abbot’s prayer of consecration.
Abbot Mark vests Bro. Stephen in the cuculla, the sign of solemn monastic profession.
The Sign of Peace
Bro. Stephen receives the sign of peace from each member of the monastic community (pictured here is Father Benet).
After the conclusion of the rite of solemn monastic profession, the Abbot celebrates the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
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